TAMC Tip: Disposing of old medication

| December 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

B_Pacific Regional Medical Command LogoMake sure you dispose of old medications, which helps to prevent accidental use or misuse.

There are two ways to get rid of medications that are no longer needed.

One option is through the National Prescription Medication Take-Back Day, which takes place annually in September. The second option is to dispose of the medication at home.

If you dispose of your medication at home, it should be removed from the original bottle and mixed with an undesirable substance (such as coffee grounds or kitty litter). This can then be placed in the trash.

(courtesy photo)

(courtesy photo)

Visit the following links for more information or to learn how to properly dispose of medications:
Disposal: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance /ppcp/upload/ppcpflyer.pdf.
Disposal: www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm.
General Info: www.deadiversion.usdoj. gov/drug_disposal/index.html.

If you still have questions, ask your pharmacist!

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